How to set goals (that actually work)
- URL: https://radreads.co/goals/
- Published Date: 2020-10-28
- Author: [[Khe Hy]]
- The bar gets set either too high or too low and the entire process becomes self-defeating.
- BHAGs (aka Big Hairy Audacious Goals)
- BHAGs have the following attributes: * 50-70% of success * 10-30 year horizon * Requires vision (over tactics and strateg
- how goals help you:
- Direct attention: They focus your effort toward goal-relevant activities and away from goal-irrelevant activities. * Get energized: Having goals lets you direct more effort towards their completion. * Plan deliberately: Individuals develop strategies that enable them to attain goals.
- Planning: You download a training schedule (planning) * Execution: You start running * Accountability: There’s a social penalty for not completing them
- The case AGAINST goals
- They are at odds with long-term progress * They restrict your happiness * They rob you of the present moment * They set you up for self-judgement * They are arbitrary
- many people find themselves reverting to their old habits after accomplishing a goal.
- to the when-then trap, which mistakenly says “Once I achieve [X] then I’ll be happy.”
- Making happiness contingent on future success is one of the devastating effects of the hedonic treadmill.
- When you have one foot in the future and the other in the past, you piss on the present.
- we end up subconsciously pissing on the present.
- A handful of problems arise when you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time designing your systems.
- The goal in any sport is to finish with the best score, but it would be ridiculous to spend the whole game staring at the scoreboard.
- The only way to actually win is to get better each day.
- if you trust your inputs (focus, kindness, self-accountability, habits, a growth mindset) the outputs should take care of themselves.
- One approach is to turn outcome goals into process goals.
- An outcome goal is binary, measurable and time-bound such as: * Grow my newsletter audience by 5,000 readers * Lose 10 pounds * Generate $250,000 in annual sales
- A process goal is non-binary, iterative and ongoing: * Send two newsletters every week * Work out for 45 minutes five times a week * Make three sales calls each day
- And did you notice how our goals sneakily became habits?
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